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Currie Cup First Division Review Round 13

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The Eastern Province Kings sealed the top spot on the Currie Cup First Division log on a dramatic penultimate weekend of action which also included a 99-point thriller in Welkom that may yet decide the semi-final make-up, and a barely-believable draw in Kempton Park involving the outgoing champions.

In the weekend’s first match, the Kings kept their unbeaten record intact when they came from behind to draw 26-26 in Port Elizabeth against the Pumas, a result made all the more remarkable by the fact that the first-round match between the two sides in Nelspruit also ended in deadlock, at 30-all.

The result leaves the Kings in an unassailable position on top of the log, with their 58 points from 13 matches nine more than the second-placed Pumas, who at least had the consolation of coming away from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with a home semi-final in the bag.

In Friday’s other match, the Leopards broke the winless Border Bulldogs’ hearts in East London when they beat the home side 43-40 to make sure they go into the final round of matches next weekend in third place, tied on 43 points with the fourth-placed Griffons but with a superior points difference.

The Griffons pulled a rabbit from the hat in an astonishing 50-49 victory over the SWD Eagles in Welkom on Saturday, the win meaning that they now hold a five-point lead over the Eagles with a single round to play.

Making the final weekend even more intriguing is the fixture list. The Eagles play the Valke in George and will fancy their chances of a five-point haul, while the Griffons must travel to Nelspruit to face the in-form Pumas, who have nothing further to gain in the round-robin stages.

And in the weekend’s final match, the Valke drew 52-52 with defending champions the Boland Kavaliers in Kempton Park, a result of only academic importance as neither side can still reach the playoffs, but one which nevertheless provided the Barnard Stadium crowd with no shortage of entertainment.

Currie Cup First Division Log After Round 13:

TEAM P W L D PF PA TF TA BP -7 BP T PTS
EP Kings 13 11 0 2 492 226 62 25 0 10 58
Pumas 13 9 2 2 496 326 60 41 1 8 49
Leopards 13 8 5 0 491 426 64 49 1 10 43
Griffons 13 8 5 0 437 462 60 66 2 9 43
SWD 13 7 5 1 428 434 53 55 1 7 38
Boland 13 2 9 2 423 463 56 63 6 7 25
Valke 13 3 9 1 382 553 55 75 2 7 23
Border 13 0 13 0 291 550 37 73 5 5 10

Top 10 point-scorers After Round 13:

PLAYER T C P D PTS
JC Roos 2 34 23 0 147
André Pretorius 0 42 18 2 144
George Whitehead 4 28 15 0 121
Elric van Vuuren 6 23 13 0 115
Elgar Watts 6 24 8 0 102
Hansie Graaff 5 27 7 0 100
Karlo Aspeling 4 25 8 2 100
Wesley Dunlop 2 23 10 0 86
Jacquin Jansen 5 8 10 0 71
Allister Kettledas 13 0 0 0 65

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